Thrifting. Oh, I wanted to fall in love with you. I’ve gone a couple of times, come home with a couple of great items (like the not-full price bundt pan I just bought at Homesense!) but as much as I tried to fall in love with you thrifting, it just wasn’t written in the stars for us to have a lusty-first-kiss, courtship and full fledged relationship.
1. I shop with a hoarder
Five year old girls are hoarders. Every time I walk into Olivia’s room, I have to give myself a little pep talk about how she is living her life, collecting all the things and what I see as a giant disaster (and at times bordering on nasty) are just her ‘things’ that she’s collecting. Things that I think are trash, she wants to keep them foreverandeverandever. Same goes for when we shopped this weekend. This girl walked around the store searching for items that we’ve donated over the holidays and that she could reclaim, and bring home. That and everythingelseinthestore – because like I said, I shop with a hoarder.
2. Is it just me? it’s not as inexpensive as people think
Walking through the stores this weekend I saw accent plates for $2-3. I saw kids jacket that was semi cute for $7. I saw a pair of jeans for me for $15. $15!? We just picked up brand new jeans at Lucky at Cross Iron Mills for $10. I left the thrift store and went to Target where I grabbed an adorable blazer for Olivia for $4.99. Shopping through the home clearance section, I found the accent plates that I wanted for $.79 (and they were even in my color!).
3. ain’t no one got time for that
It’s TIME CONSUMING. Oh lord, it is. And you have to go to all the places, not just your favorite store like Target or Costco, or just buy it online or make a trip to Homesense to find the unique things that you’re looking for, for around the house. Oh man, it takes so much time to find things.
Don’t get me wrong. I wish that I was a pinterest-loving, handy-girl, thrifter. I wish I could walk into a store and see a piece of furniture and take it home and tweak it up making it perfect, but when it comes down to it – it seems so much easier (and comparable) to shop the sales, the clearance and avoid making a bunch of trips to the same place always searching for that one perfect thrifting find; but really, I can barely handle the stress of the haphazardly organized Winners clothing section – so it looks like I’ll be sticking ‘tar-thrifting’ at the ends of the Target aisles.